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China's water environment improving: report

Xinhua | Updated: 2019-08-26 10:35
A volunteer picks up solid waste at the bank of Yangtze River in Yichang, Hubei province, on March 5, 2018. [Photo/IC]

BEIJING -- The water quality of China's major rivers, lakes and coastal waters is improving, while in general, the water ecology is not optimistic, an official report showed.

The report was made by an inspection team tasked with examining the enforcement of the water pollution prevention and control law, under the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, China's top legislature.

From April to June, the law enforcement inspection team was divided into four groups and went to eight provinces, including Sichuan, Jiangsu, Hunan, Hebei, Guangdong, Anhui, Yunnan and Guizhou, to carry out law enforcement inspections.

The inspection groups visited 31 cities and carried out on-site inspections of 201 organizations, villages and projects.

At the same time, 23 other provincial-level regions were entrusted to carry out similar investigations to achieve full coverage of law enforcement inspections.

According to the report, in 2018, 71 percent of the national surface water sections were of good quality and the water quality of major rivers, lakes and coastal waters was stable and good.

However, the report also points out that inadequate law implementation is still prominent, and the overall situation of China's water environment is not optimistic.

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